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Supreme Court agrees to hear Microsoft patent infringement appeal

Just when it looked as if Microsoft had thrown in the towel in the ongoing patent infringement case involving Toronto-based i4i, the Supreme Court has agreed to reconsider Microsoft’s appeal.

The case will examine what should constitute the proper legal standard for determining a patent’s validity. Microsoft and a number of companies backing its play — including Apple, Google, Intel, Verizon, a number of auto makers, drug companies and financial services companies — all are in favor of the Court to make it easier for companies facing infringement suits to prove a patent is invalid…

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